California ALJ Recommends Comcast/TWC Approval

CPUC must vote; Comcast has some issues with conditions

Amidst much hand-wringing about the prospects for the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger, the companies got some good news Friday (Feb. 13).

A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) administrative law judge has recommended that the state approve the merger with over a dozen conditions, including improving customer service, backup batteries for VoIP service (one of the issues the FCC is mulling as part of the IP transition), extending Comcast's Internet Essentials low cost broadband program to TWC customers, and upgrading K-12 Internet infrastructure.

The decision points out that the FCC and DOJ may have other conditions, or come to another conclusion. The decision also focuses on phone and broadband, and does not address video programming.

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